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How long did they wait? Feet via wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock

When can you start having sex after a heart attack?

Each year in the United States about 720,000 people have heart attacks and about 124,000 people in the UK and 55,000 people in Australia will have them as well. Since the 1980s, survival rates from heart…
With snow comes shoveling, and with shoveling can come heart attacks. Trudy Wilkerson/Shutterstock

Why does shoveling snow increase risk of heart attack?

Parts of the northeastern United States are still digging out after a blizzard. And more snow is on the way. You may have seen news stories warning that shoveling snow can raise the risk of a heart attack…
I heart U. Heart by Shutterstock

Top five things you can do to keep your heart healthy

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), the catch-all term for diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels – including heart attack and stroke – is the leading global killer. And bad heart health can lead to…
Check for that little white box before you step up to the table … Antoine Taveneaux

This is why there are so many defibrillators in casinos

My brief experience in a casino was pretty typical, I’d say. Flashing lights. The faint smell of booze. Not much chatter among patrons. The sounds of dice rolling, machines buzzing, and coins clanking…
Nation wide, rapid response teams save around 12,000 lives per year. AAP

Rapid response teams halve hospital heart attack deaths

Detecting and treating patients before they have a cardiac arrest isn’t rocket science, but it’s a life saver. Rapid response systems identify deteriorating patients by abnormal vital signs and observations…
Soluble versions of common medications such as aspirin may increase risk of cardiovascular problems. Pierre Guinoiseau

Salt in soluble drugs increases risk of heart attacks and strokes

The salt found in common effervescent and soluble drugs may be exposing consumers to an increased risk of heart problems, according to a study published in the BMJ today. The study found it’s possible…
Getting the flu vaccine may almost halve the chance of a heart attack for middle-aged people with narrow arteries, the study found. Province of British Columbia

Flu jab may halve heart attack risk: study

Receiving the flu vaccine may almost halve the chance of a heart attack for middle-aged people with narrow arteries, a new…
It’s a numbers game: warning of heart attack risk is reassuring but misleading. Flickr/ansik

Regulator still falling short over painkiller warnings

Millions of people use diclofenac, an over-the-counter painkiller, to relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, backache and other conditions. But on Friday, the UK medicines regulator, the Medicines…

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